My People Are Rising

Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain

By Aaron Dixon, Foreword by Judson L. Jeffries

In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Through his eyes - in a memoir that begins with the story of his enslaved ancestors and takes us on a journey throughout America - we see the courage of a generation, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power.

About the author

Aaron Dixon is one of the co-founders of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has since founded Central House, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for youth, and was one of the cofounders of the Cannon House, a senior assisted-living facility. Aaron ran for US Senate on the Green Party ticket in 2006.

Reviews

“Aaron Dixon is a courageous, compassionate, and wise freedom fighter whose story of his pioneering work in the Black Panther Party is powerful and poignant. Don’t miss it!”
—Dr. Cornel West

“This book is a moving memoir experience: a must-read. The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary.”
—Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, 1966 to 1974

“There have been many books about the Black Panther party but never has there been a Panther book as illuminating as this memoir by Aaron Dixon. It's the story from a different perspective than we've ever seen: the former member who has remained a long-distance runner for revolution. It's indispensable for anyone with an interest in black politics or the politics of change in the United States.”
–Dave Zirin, the Nation

“Dixon’s lyrical prose provides a candid appraisal of the Black P anther Party that highlights the neglected contributions of Northwest activists. This is a striking blend of social history, memoir, and political analysis. Required reading for all those interested in Black liber ation struggles and radical history of the twentieth century.”
—Laura Chrisman, editor in chief of The Black Scholar, and the Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair of English, University of Washington

“Dixon has that uncanny ability to convey to his readers the feelings that came along with the party’s triumphs and defeats. Most readers will be amazed to discover what it took to create and then sustain the Black Panther Party’s many community service programs. They will be equally shocked at how close party members were to the ever-present threat of death. Unlike previous autobiographies of BPP leaders, this one does not sugarcoat the organization’s shortcomings, nor does it glamorize its hard fought and often well-deserved victories. It does, however, provide a valuable, though painful, reminder of the high price of real change in these United States.”
—Curtis Austin, associate professor of history, The Ohio State University

My People Are Rising is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does a superb job of presenting life in the party from the perspective of a foot soldier—a warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and Black Power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist. This is an unforgettable, must-read book!”
—Larry Gossett, chair, Metropolitan King County Council